Palm Sedge (Carex muskingumensis) in the Sedges Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 2 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Other: flowers are small and combined into spikes
Flower Color: Brown
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Vulnerable (VU)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 198

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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Mount Cuba Center, Hockessin, DelawareDate: 2018-06-29specimens in middle of photo, in trial garden
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Location: MountDate: 2018-06-29
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Location: North Creek Nursery in Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11a patch in trial garden
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Location: North Creek Nursery in Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11foliage
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Location: North Creek Nursery in Landenberg, PADate: 2019-06-11sedge flowers
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jul 4, 2018 1:23 PM

I am taking this information from Blue Moon Native Plant Nursery in southern New Jersey, as I have not worked with this plant ever. This species was named after the Muskingum River in Ohio. Its native range is mostly around the Great lakes and then down to Tennessee to east Oklahoma in swamps and wet woods. It starts as a rounded clump and then spreads some by short rhizomes and does some self-sowing. It makes a dense clump of bright green foliage with striking texture that looks has some resemblance to palm fronds. It bears small green to brown spikelet flower clusters in July that, like other sedges come in slightly different separate male and female flowers on the same plant. It gets 2 to 3 feet high and should be planted about one foot apart for a group. It is sold by a good number of native plant nurseries.

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